IU Gives No. 7 UK Quite a Fight in Loss
Jan. 24, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's tennis (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season, falling at No. 7 Kentucky. The match was much closer than the final score of 7-0 would indicate. The Hoosiers squared off with an entire lineup of ranked singles players, taking the top three singles matches to a third set.
In doubles, IU got the win at number two, with Alastair Barnes and Josh MacTaggart knocking off Tom Jomby and Anthony Rossi, 8-2. After falling at number three singles, the doubles point came down to a tight match at number one singles. Isade Juneau and Jeremy Langer fell in an 8-6 heartbreaker to Eric Quigley and Panav Jha.
In singles, Juneau took the first set at number one from No. 13 Alex Musialek, 7-5. Musialek and Juneau battled in a tight second set with the Wildcat prevailing 7-5. Musialek took over in the third set, taking it 6-2.
At number two singles, Josh MacTaggart had the tall task of matching up with fifth-ranked Quigley, who was in search of career win 144 to tie UK's all-time singles wins record. MacTaggart did anything but back down. After a 6-3 win for Quigley in the first, MacTaggart took the second set 6-4, and Quigley was able to fight off the junior from Barnston, U.K. in the third (6-4) to get his record-breaking win. It wasn't easy, as MacTaggart broke Quigley's serve seven times in the match.
At number three singles, Langer gave No. 36 Rossi all he could handle. After a 6-3 first-set win from Rossi, Langer settled in, forcing his way to a tie-breaker in the second set and forcing the third set with a 8-6 win in the tiebreaker. In the third set, Langer and Rossi went back and forth, heading to yet another tiebreaker. In the end, Rossi prevailed 6-4, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (1).
No. 95 Jomby knocked off Dimitrije Tasic 7-6 (7), 6-4 at number four, and No. 111 Alejandro Gomez took down Stephen Vogl 6-2, 6-3 at number five. IU's Alastair Barnes took the first set from No. 85 Jha at number six singles, but Jha took the win 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6).
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